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Roman Battaglia

Reporter (Report for America corps member)

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.

He was recently a part of the Next Generation Radio Program from NPR, where he reported on immigrant experiences in Sacramento, California. 

After graduating from Oregon State University in June 2019, he worked at Jefferson Public Radio as part of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. His story covering the role that amateur radio operators play in disaster relief won the Bill Leonard Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting.

When not out in the field, Roman enjoys film photography and travelling.

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Lewes City Council discussed legal issues surrounding the moving of an old railroad bridge to a new display Monday night.

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A new bipartisan bill in the General Assembly would give children a day off of school for civic education.

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Sen. Tom Carper visited Milford to tout a piece of President Biden’s infrastructure agenda.


The clean water bill that cleared Carper’s committee on Environmental and Public Works this week is among the first pieces of legislation connected to Biden's infrastructure plan. 

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A bill easing financial burdens on those navigating family legal issues cleared the state Senate Thursday. 

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State senators confirmed some new judges to Delaware courts earlier this week.

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Debate on a bill lifting Delaware’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour moved to the House Economic Development Committee Wednesday.

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Andre Boggerty won the lone contested race in Dover’s municipal election Tuesday.

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For some political candidates, the challenge of balancing caring for their children and knocking on doors can be tough.


Some state lawmakers are looking to make campaigning easier for parents.

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Republican state lawmakers want more information on what raising the minimum wage would mean for Delaware.

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Lawmakers will return to Dover after over a year of virtual meetings.


But Leg Hall will still be closed to the public.

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While polls show a majority of Delawareans support legalization, many remain opposed, and some organizations have concerns legal weed could only bring more crime and danger to the state.


Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talks to those putting up roadblocks approving recreational cannabis in the First State.

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Dover’s April 20th municipal election has a single contested race with three candidates vying for the Dover City Council's at-large council seat. 


And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talked to all three of those candidates.

The use of telemedicine services spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic — and state lawmakers seek to permanently expand access to it.

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The next round of street renovations is under consideration in Rehoboth Beach.


And the task force overseeing plans wants to strike a balance between aesthetics and business needs.

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The Freedom Festival will be back in Milford this year, with funding from the city.

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A Rehoboth Beach committee is preparing recommendations to bring darker skies to the city.

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The bayside beach in Dewey Beach has new rules. 


And not everyone is a fan of them.

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Former Republican Gubernatorial candidate Julianne Murray has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking to force legislators to return to in-person session.

Some cannabis advocates are calling for a boycott of the state’s medical dispensaries after their opposition to parts of the recreational legalization bill.

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The leader of a police reform task force is responding to public criticism from some of the group’s members.

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Sen. Tom Carper visited El Paso, Texas this week to examine the conditions of migrant facilities along the U.S. / Mexico border.

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A lawsuit claiming inmates were abused in the months following the 2017 Vaughn prison riot was dismissed last week by a federal judge in Wilmington.

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Rehoboth Beach is looking to clean up parks around the city with new signage.

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COVID-19 vaccinations are moving forward quickly in Delaware prisons.


The Delaware Department of Correction reports all inmates over 60 who wanted a vaccine received one.

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Senate Republicans are complaining about how two gun safety bills passed in that chamber Thursday were handled.

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State lawmakers debated legislation restricting access to firearms and high capacity magazines Thursday.

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The state Senate is debating two bills restricting access to firearms and high capacity magazines Thursday.  And the first of those two bills has passed.

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Two bills changing gun laws in Delaware faced their first committee hearing Wednesday.

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State lawmakers are moving forward on expanding access to voting through automatic registration.

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Sen. Tom Carper visited Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood to highlight the success of COVID relief funds.